Ibtihaj Muhammad

Fencing

Name: Ibtihaj Muhammad
Sport: Fencing
Discipline(s): Saber Fencing
Event(s): Individual, Team
Height: 5-7
Weight: 150
DOB: 12/4/1985
Birthplace: Maplewood, N.J.
Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.
High School: Columbia High School (Maplewood, N.J.) ‘04
College: Duke University '07, International Relations, African and African-American Studies
Team/Club: Peter Westbrook Foundation
Coach(es): Akhi Spencer-El
Olympic Experience
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified (individual, team)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – 13th (individual)
  • Years of participation: 2013-15
  • Medals: 5 (1 gold, 4 bronzes)
  • Gold – 2014 (team)
  • Bronze – 2011 (team); 2012 (team); 2013 (team); 2015 (team)
Other Career Highlights
  • 2015 Pan American Games, gold (team)
  • 2011 Pan American Games, gold (team)
Personal: Daughter of Eugene Muhammad and Denise Garner...Has five siblings...Began fencing at age 13...Aspires to be the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympic Games in a hijab...According to her father, fencing was a sport that was uniquely accommodating to her religion, which requires her body to be fully covered...Interests include working out, camping, photography, politics and traveling...Three-time NCAA All-American...Muslim Sportswoman of the Year in 2012...Serves on the U.S. Department of State’s Empowering Women and Girls Through Sport Initiative...In 2014, launched her own fashion brand, Louella by Ibtihaj Muhammad, which she manages with her siblings...Works with the Peter Westbrook Foundation, an organization founded by Olympian Peter Westbrook to mentor inner-city kids through fencing...Growing up, she found inspiration from the Williams sisters and their confidence playing tennis.

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